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Things Learners Do When They’re A Passenger

Things Learners Do When They’re A Passenger
George Trout
  • On July 14, 2016

As you start getting used to being in the driving seat, you may find it hard to switch back into the carefree mindset of a passenger. Before learning to drive, you may have happily sat back in the passenger seat, with no regard for the road.

But now, after a few lessons, you are poised, alert, and full of opinions.

You start commenting on people’s driving

You’ve become accustomed to road safety practices. Therefore when you get in the car with an experienced driver, who may have let some of those practices slip, you’re quick to mention the mistakes they’re making.


You practise in the passenger seat

Every time you get in the car, your mind enters driving mode, even if you’re not the one driving. As a result you may find yourself sat in the passenger seat pushing invisible pedals and adjusting an invisible gear stick, whilst the driver looks at you with bewilderment.


You feel uncomfortable

As a learner driver, especially just starting out, speed is not your friend. That probably won’t be the case for an experienced driver. When they confidently whizz around a corner, you’ll be sat there clutching your seat with anxiety.


You offer to drive everyone, everywhere

Whereas before you probably didn’t care about your parent’s latest dentist appointment, now it is the highlight of your day. It is an opportunity for you to get behind the wheel and show off how good you are.


You observe the roads

Before you started driving, it was very easy for you to mindlessly sit in the car and get driven places, with no regard for what was around the next corner. That all changes when you start learning. Suddenly, you become super aware of the roads ahead.


You dream about driving

Driving is so present in your mind, you even start to dream about it. Or, if you’re struggling, having nightmares about it.


Have you started doing any of these things? Is there anything we missed? Let us know.

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